The Ceramics Association of New Zealand presents an informal lecture and Q&A with the 2019 Portage Ceramic Awards judge, Merran Esson. 

Join Australian ceramic artist Merran Esson on her first visit to New Zealand as she talks you through her practice, influences and experiences as an exhibiting artist and educator. Esson will give a presentation on her work followed by questions, conversation and refreshments. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in ceramics and craft education to engage with a highly experienced artist in an intimate setting.  Please register for this event as spaces are limited. Esson travels to Aotearoa New Zealand as the judge of the Portage Ceramic Awards, organised by Te Uru.

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Merran Esson has been a practicing ceramic artist for over 40 years. Her large forms are influenced by the Australian rural landscape of her childhood and express the contrast between the extremes of country and city. Her works are held in significant collections around the world. Esson has extensive experience in her field, exhibiting and teaching internationally.

Recently retired as the Head of Ceramics at The National Art School in Sydney, and currently Lecturer-in-Charge of ceramics at the Australian Catholic University, Esson will bring a wealth of insight to New Zealand potters and educators. Her teaching experience extends to many other key Australian institutions, the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Duncan of Jorganstone College of Art, Dundee and Edinburgh College of Art. Merran Esson has been awarded many awards including the 2019 Muswellbrook Art Prize for Ceramics. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney.

Merran Esson

Merran Esson, A Different Skin, 2019.